Bogaerts 10th inning hit lifts Red Sox over Giants 5-3
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2016 05:35 PM
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts swings for an RBI single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Albert Suarez during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in San Francisco. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Boston's Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single in the top of the 10th to lift the Red Sox to a 5-3 win against San Francisco, ending the run of Giants home wins at five.
The victory was not enough for Boston to return to the top of the American League East, as leader Baltimore beat Kansas City in a game that featured a bench-clearing fray and stayed half a game ahead.
Elsewhere, Philadelphia edged the majors-leading Chicago Cubs, and Texas continued its domination of state rival Houston.
Boston loaded the bases in the top of the tenth against Giants closer Santiago Casilla, who struck out two in a perfect ninth but ran into trouble in the 10th. Bogaerts, who also drove in a run in the third inning, came up with the winning hit.
Dustin Pedroia extended his majors-best hitting streak to 14 games with an eighth-inning single, while David Ortiz's streak ended at 13.
Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura hit Baltimore's Manny Machado with a pitch to spark a confrontation but there was no contest on the scoreboard as the Orioles beat the struggling Royals 9-1.
There was a verbal exchange between the Ventura and Machado in the second, when Ventura twice pitched inside the plate at the two-time All-Star.
In the fifth, Ventura drilled Machado in the back with a fastball, and Machado charged at the mound and landed a punch on the Royals pitcher. Benches cleared for a confrontation, and both Ventura and Machado were ejected.
Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs for Baltimore.
Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff threw seven impressive innings to guide the Phillies to a 3-2 win against the Cubs.
Eickhoff allowed one run and struck out eight.
Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for the Phillies.
Texas made it eight straight wins against Houston this year, and 12 in a row at home dating back to last season, by defeating the Astros 4-3.
Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Rangers, who have won five straight overall and maintained a four-game gap atop the AL West ahead of Seattle.
The Mariners maintained the gap by beating Cleveland 7-1, ending the Indians' six-game streak.
Wade Miley, who had allowed a worrying 18 runs in just 14 2/3 innings over his three prior starts, improved sharply and pitched seven scoreless frames.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the fifth.
Washington's Bryce Harper drove in three runs to power the Nationals past the Chicago White Sox 10-5.
Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, who opened a 3-1/2 game gap atop the NL East.
The White Sox opened the season 23-10 to lead the AL Central, but have only won six of 25 games since.
The New York Mets slipped further behind Washington after losing both games of a double-header against Pittsburgh, with both contests ending 3-1.
In the opening game, former Mets pitcher Jon Niese threw seven scoreless inning against his old team while Josh Harrison had three hits and Jordy Mercer hit his first home run at PNC Park in 22 months.
In the night game, Juan Nicasio retired his first 12 batters, allowing one run in five innings, boosting his chances of staying in the rotation after manager Clint Hurdle had said he was considering putting him into the bullpen.
Detroit's Ian Kinsler drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over Toronto, extending their winning streak to five games.
The Tigers tied it with two runs in the ninth, one from a double by Kinsler, to end a hitherto outstanding spoiling an outstanding effort by Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, but he didn't get another out as Detroit rallied.
Kinsler's RBI double in the ninth chased Sanchez, and Miguel Cabrera's one-out double off Roberto Osuna tied it.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the 10th with no outs against Joe Biagini (3-2), and Kinsler won it with a chopper into left field.
Justin Wilson (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Los Angeles' Trayce Thompson hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over Colorado.
New York's Michael Pineda pitched seven efficient innings in his longest start for almost a year, continuing the resurgence hinted at in his previous start and guiding the Yankees to a 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Angels.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Reds to a 7-6 win against St. Louis, which blew a five-run lead for the second straight day.
Milwaukee's Zach Davies did not give up a hit until the seventh inning as the Brewers hung on to edge Oakland 5-4.
Arizona's Zack Greinke pitched his fifth career shutout, and first in three years, to steer the Diamondbacks past Tampa Bay 5-0.
Minnesota's Brian Dozier hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 6-4 victory over Miami.
San Diego's Derek Norris tied the game with a home run leading off the ninth and Wil Myers singled in the winning run to give the Padres a 4-3 victory against Atlanta.